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The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum strives to promote cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech.



Seminar: Russia in Asian-European Context


Russia is geographically, culturally, and politically situated in-between Europe and Asia — sometimes being included in Europe, sometimes counted as part of Asia. What challenges does this bring for Russia’s participation in civil society activities within the Asia-Europe context? What is the space in Russia for civil society movements and their participation in international NGO work?



Face of Russian Civic Activism

Yevgenia Chirikova

The Arkadia International Bookshop in Helsinki will host a discussion with the Russian environmental and opposition activist, Yevgenia Chirikova, on Tuesday, 28 May 2013, at 3pm.


EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in St Petersburg


Photo: Eric Esquivel.

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum will hold its annual general assembly on 9-10 October 2012 in St Petersburg. Following the previous conferences in Prague and Warsaw, the assembly will discuss various topics relevant to civil society actors in both Russia and the EU, evaluate the recent developments of the Forum as well as work on the further consolidation of its agenda. Among the civil-society topics, the Forum’s general assembly will discuss some of the most pressing issues such as public assembly law, LGBT rights, economic crisis and its implications, as well as ecological impact of urban development. The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) will attend the event.

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EU-Russia NGO Body Condemns Crackdown


Statement by the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

Russian authorities should ensure that Russian citizens are able to excercise the rights to freedom of assembly and expression when demanding free and fair elections


EU-Russia Civil Society Forum supports GOLOS


Statement of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum In Support of the GOLOS Association and Independent Monitoring of Russian State Duma Elections

We, members of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, find any pressure on independent elections observers absolutely inadmissible. We believe that the implementation of the principle of open and unlimited independent monitors’ access to any elections is an essential feature of a democracy.


EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in Warsaw


More than 60 representatives of Russian and EU civil society organisations gathered for the second meeting of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on 1-2 December 2011. The conference follows up on the founding meeting of the Civil Society Forum in Prague in March 2011. The forum brings together NGOs and activists from across Europe and Russia and is set up as a permanent platform for cooperation.


EU-Russia Civil Society Forum Established


Representatives of the civil societies of Russia and the EU established the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF) at a conference in the Czech capital, Prague, on 28-29 March 2011. The conference brought together 57 representatives of Russian and 18 representatives of EU-based civil society organisations as well as several observers.